Macau is one of the most densely populated regions in the world, lying just 60km Southwest of Hong Kong. It has 41km of coastline and in recent years, it’s become one of the richest cities in the world. Boasting pleasant temperatures ranging from 14 °C to 28.9 °C, Autumn is considered to be one of the best times to visit. Although due to its location, Macau receives a significant amount of rainfall, particularly during the summer months, when there’s also a risk of typhoons.
Portuguese traders settled in Macau in the 1500s and used it as a trading port, it remained part of the Portuguese Empire until 1999, making it the last remaining colony in Asia under European rule. In 1999, sovereignty was handed over to China, although Macau maintains it’s own legal system, monetary system, customs and immigration policies, and public security force.
The economy relies heavily on tourism and gambling and in 2006, it became the largest gambling center in the world. As a result, the World Bank has recently deemed Macau as one of the richest cities on the planet. It’s an offshore financial center, tax haven and free port with no controls over foreign exchange, meaning
In 2002, after the end of the government-issued monopoly license, many casino owners from Vegas attempted to open casinos in Macau. With several of the large well-known Vegas chains opening their doors, including Sands Macao, Wynn Macau, Venetian Macau, MGM Grand Macau as well as numerous other brands. Gambling revenue has made Macau the world’s top casino market, even beating Las Vegas. The rise of online casino sites support the rise of land-based casinos and vice versa. online casinos like Mansion Casino, which provide all the variety of games, doesn’t decrease the popularity of “Sin Cities”. From 2010 onwards Macau dramatically increased it’s entertainment offering to include concerts, trade shows, art exhibitions and shows such as the renowned ‘House of Dancing Water’
If you’re thinking of hitting the streets of Macau, all UK residents can visit visa-free for up to 180 days. Direct flights are hard to come by but you can fly with China Eastern, with a stop in Shanghai, for as little as £250 one way.
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